There has been an upsurge in the amount of teenagers getting tongue piercings. Teenagers often view these piercings as a harmless expression of their growing individuality. Oftentimes, parents allow teens to pierce their tongues because the metal bar is impermanent. In addition, tongue bars are not as visually apparent as a tattoo or eyebrow piercing might be.
Dentists routinely advise adolescents to avoid intraoral piercings for a number of good reasons.
Why is tongue piercing harmful?
A great number of conditions can result from getting a tongue piercing.
Are there long-term problems associated with tongue piercing?
Long-term problems with tongue piercings are very common. The screw-on balls constantly scrape against tooth enamel, making teeth susceptible to decay and gums susceptible to periodontal disease. Soft tissue can also become infected in specific areas, as the tongue bar continues to rub against it.
In sum, Canadian Dental Association (CDA) advises against any type of oral piercing, and so does the dentist.
If you are a concerned parent, or would like the pediatric dentist to speak with your teen about tongue piercing, please contact our office.